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  1. Sadly, there will always be a sufficiently large...

    Sadly, there will always be a sufficiently large number of clueless and gullible contractors to justify the efforts of dodgy individuals and schemes. All we can do is to point people in the right...
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    Especially gricer and lpm1 sockies in the...

    Especially gricer and lpm1 sockies in the professional forums.
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    Alternatively, it has opened up the whole world...

    Alternatively, it has opened up the whole world for specialists that have something to sell.
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    Trump supporters don't give a flying fook about...

    Trump supporters don't give a flying fook about rape etc., what with them being irredeemable cretins.
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    Nuke that one then. Suity is PMing HS2 having...

    Nuke that one then. Suity is PMing HS2 having left NHS Test and Trace "by mutual consent". Two birds, one stone.
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    Is Gricer on it?

    Is Gricer on it?
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    Needs more orbit and nuke.

    Needs more orbit and nuke.
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    It was Corbyn.

    It was Corbyn.
  9. Andy Haldane is a well-known fruit loop. He likes...

    Andy Haldane is a well-known fruit loop. He likes the publicity.
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    Good choice for a negative win party. Lots of...

    Good choice for a negative win party. Lots of alcohol, bitter as fook.
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    Oh, go on. :D I doubt it's much different than...

    Oh, go on. :D

    I doubt it's much different than retiring at 60+ tbh. I don't really feel any different now (early 40s) than 20 years ago, and I doubt I will at 60. Regardless of age, you'll need a...
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    Perhaps a Trump negative win party.

    Perhaps a Trump negative win party.
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    That could be a bit of a damp squib. :D

    That could be a bit of a damp squib. :D
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    It increasingly looks like a complete hammering...

    It increasingly looks like a complete hammering for Trump. I wonder how he and his supporters will react? I expect they will be tremendous cry babies. Lots of gnashing of teeth and howling at the...
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    Has to be a non-trivial chance that Biden wins...

    Has to be a non-trivial chance that Biden wins Texas. Trump is utterly fooked.
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    I’m going to wait for the movie.

    I’m going to wait for the movie.
  17. Does John own a bike?

    Does John own a bike?
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    :rollin: ...

    :rollin:

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ElLs2amX0AIbBF6?format=jpg&name=medium

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ElLs2amWMAEfkho?format=jpg&name=medium
  19. Only when they've acted properly. A director has...

    Only when they've acted properly. A director has a whole host of legal responsibilities. If they fail in any of those responsibilities, they can become personally liable.
  20. Total nonsense. Any such dividend would be ultra...

    Total nonsense. Any such dividend would be ultra vires and easily reclaimed from you personally, end of story.
  21. Spamming the professional forums...

    Spamming the professional forums...
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    Brutal, but then it was in the 2016 debates too....

    Brutal, but then it was in the 2016 debates too. Anyway, no breakthrough for Trump tonight. He was crap on the economy (supposedly his strongest point). He was crap on Covid. Swing voters care about...
  23. Yeah, noticed this one on twitter. ...

    Yeah, noticed this one on twitter.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ek8m3XfWAAAKayU?format=jpg&name=medium
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    Yes, I don't think they will (or would have the...

    Yes, I don't think they will (or would have the grounds) to make that case, but it doesn't hurt to keep on top of the rules, particularly your fiduciary responsibilities.
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    The short answer is: yes. The slightly longer...

    The short answer is: yes.

    The slightly longer answer is that you'll need to keep an eye on what policy/strategy the banks adopt for chasing payments (i.e., how aggressively they chase), because...
  26. Climate change cretinism?

    Climate change cretinism?
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    If you're still posting, they'll be as boring as...

    If you're still posting, they'll be as boring as fook.
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    Every source is partisan. If you can't manage to...

    Every source is partisan. If you can't manage to filter facts from opinions, then, er, diddums.
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    It's a report on district polling, not a lefty...

    It's a report on district polling, not a lefty opinion piece. HTH.
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    Not looking good for Trump. ...

    Not looking good for Trump.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/10/20/biden-trump-battle-white-voters-district-level-polls-are-revealing/
  31. I think we’re saying similar things. It does...

    I think we’re saying similar things. It does depend somewhat on industry as to the prevalence of agency work. You can have an agency gig with excellent working practices and a direct gig with...
  32. Agree. It’s causation vs. correlation. Going...

    Agree. It’s causation vs. correlation. Going direct in itself is irrelevant because the hypothetical contract ignores *all* intermediaries. However, going direct is quite often correlated with good...
  33. Re-read that post. It wasn’t just about going...

    Re-read that post. It wasn’t just about going direct, rather about ad-hoc work (e.g., see SPL vs. HMRC).
  34. Sure, it would get passed down, whether directly...

    Sure, it would get passed down, whether directly or indirectly, absolutely no about about that.

    However, I think this was only squeezed out of him after several attempts to declare a tax that...
  35. TBF, having listened to this, I think he was...

    TBF, having listened to this, I think he was perfectly clear that this would be a tax on an engager, but admitted that it might get passed down (of course, it would). So he wasn't advocating for any...
  36. Two out of three isn't bad. Burn the witch!

    Two out of three isn't bad.

    Burn the witch!
  37. At some point, they went from being "meh" (add up...

    At some point, they went from being "meh" (add up the costs, subtract the benefits, is it better than zero?) to a serious problem for professional contractors, working against our better interests....
  38. Engager or contractor? They've suggested engager...

    Engager or contractor? They've suggested engager before. It might be semantics in the sense that we know where it ends up, but it would be something to suggest a levy directly on their members....
  39. :eyes

    :eyes
  40. First, you need to ignore HMRC guidance and look...

    First, you need to ignore HMRC guidance and look at the case law. For the same reason, you need to ignore CEST.

    Second, it’s about the right of control.

    Third, the “how” element of control is...
  41. I don't think you're any more likely to be...

    I don't think you're any more likely to be screwed than through an agency, certainly less on the margin. :D

    The thing you have to watch for is payment terms. They are typically longer, and you do...
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    True. :laugh

    True. :laugh
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    Sounds to me like you have a vested interested in...

    Sounds to me like you have a vested interested in a particular outcome - you want a Trump win.

    It isn't looking very likely, tbh. The polls could be wrong, but they're generally pretty good in the...
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    The OP is an employee of the umbrella, which is...

    The OP is an employee of the umbrella, which is business to individual via an employment contract. The contract between the umbrella and the agency or client is B2B. Both will have notice periods and...
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    I'd be OK with 10 rotations of Venus.

    I'd be OK with 10 rotations of Venus.
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    That was last month's prediction, which has been...

    That was last month's prediction, which has been pushed back due to unforeseen circumstances*.
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    If you're working through an umbrella, then IR35...

    If you're working through an umbrella, then IR35 is irrelevant, so your post is kinda confusing.

    I assume you mean that, upon contract negotiation, either an umbrella was mandated or it was...
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    I think that's a reasonable approach too....

    I think that's a reasonable approach too. Consistency is more important that the precise details, imho. There isn't a definitive/legislated approach, otherwise we'd all use it. The only illogical...
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    So PC will be allowed out again in 16 days? :eyes

    So PC will be allowed out again in 16 days? :eyes
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    Yep, £500 is pretty common, I think. Within...

    Yep, £500 is pretty common, I think.

    Within reason, accuracy and consistency are more important than the precise amount (i.e., being able to explain what you did and why).
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